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Last week, the social mobility commission released a report exploring the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The report draws upon three written and oral evidence sessions conducted between November 2017 and June 2018.
As supported through a large body of research, the commission identified that there is a “substantial” gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils and that this gap generally gets wider as a pupil goes through school. Overall, there is an average gap of “around half a grade per subject” between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
The key findings from the commission were that:
As part of their recommendations, the commission called for more incentives to retain and recruit teachers in disadvantaged areas and for the government to look closely at reviewing and investing in early years education. Of particular note, the commission also recommended that “in order to be rated as Outstanding, schools must highlight that they are collaborating with other schools in the local area and Ofsted must recognise and evaluate this in their inspections”.
NGA largely supports the commission’s findings, particularly around the impact of public funding restraints (both in and out of school) on disadvantaged pupils and the need for more emphasis on collaboration in the sector. NGA has also conducted its own research on the pupil premium to help those governing support disadvantaged pupils. This can be found here.
Author: Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission
Published: 01/03/2019, by Carys Ward
Last Updated: 01/03/2019, by Carys Ward